O Jesus Christ, grow thou in me

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1 O Jesus, Saviour, grow in me,
and all things else recede:
to you my heart would nearer be,
from sin be daily freed.

2 Each day embrace my weakness, Lord,
with your supporting might;
and let my death be lost in life,
my darkness in your light.

3 Let faith in you and in your strength
my every motive move;
may you alone be my delight,
my passion and my love.

4 Fill me with gladness from above,
hold me by strength divine.
Lord, let the glow of your great love
through my whole being shine.

5 Show me your glory more and more,
Lord, holy, wise, and true!
Your living image I would be,
in joy and sorrow too.

6 Make this poor self grow less and less,
and be yourself my aim;
and through your grace, make me each day
more worthy of your name.

Source: Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #575

Author: Johann Caspar Lavater

Lavater, Johann Caspar, son of Johann Heinrich Lavater, physician in Zürich, was born at Zürich, Nov. 15, 1741. He entered the Academic Gymnasium at Zürich in 1758, and in the end of 1759 began his studies in its theological department. After completing his course he was ordained in the spring of 1762, but did not undertake any regular clerical work till April 1769, when he was appointed diaconus of the Orphanage church at Zürich, where he became pastor in 1775. In July 1778 he was appointed diaconus of St. Peter's church, and in Dec. 1786 pastor there. When, during the Revolutionary period, the French laid the Swiss Cantons under contribution, and then in April 1799 deported ten of the principal citizens of Zürich, Lavater felt compel… Go to person page >

Translator: Mrs Elizabeth Lee Smith (Allen)

Smith, Elizabeth Lee, née Allen, daughter of Dr. W. Allen, President of Dartmouth University, was born in 1817, and married in 1843 to Dr. H. B. Smith, who became Professor in Union Theological Seminary, New York, in 1850, and died in 1877. Mrs. Smith's hymns, including translations of "Je Te salue", “O Jesus Christus", are in Schaff's Christ in Song, 1869 and 1870. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907) According to the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology, Elizabeth Lee Smith passed away in 1898. "Elizabeth Lee Smith." The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology. Canterbury Press. Web. 19 Apr. 2018. http://www.hymnology.co.uk/e/elizabeth-lee-smith. Go to person page >


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ST. AGNES (Dykes)

John B. Dykes (PHH 147) composed ST. AGNES for [Jesus the Very Thought of Thee]. Dykes named the tune after a young Roman Christian woman who was martyred in A.D. 304 during the reign of Diocletian. St. Agnes was sentenced to death for refusing to marry a nobleman to whom she said, "I am already eng…

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